Prof. Leanne D. Chen (Curriculum Vitae)

Group Leader

Growing up, Leanne was mesmerized by mathematics and loved solving puzzles with her grandfather. She attended the Toronto-based TOPS Program in high school and enjoyed (perhaps more so than the regular curriculum) participating in activities such as bridge and the Rubik's Cube Club. She found her affinity for chemistry while attending Queen's University and was able to combine these two subjects in an NSERC-USRA project, a collaboration between Nicholas J. Mosey and Suning Wang. She decided to continue developing her expertise in Computational Chemistry during her PhD at Stanford University, where she led efforts on unravelling the discharge mechanisms of batteries and the second-order effects of electrolyte in catalysis under the tutelage of Jens K. Nørskov. She then moved to the California Institute of Technology for her Postdoctoral Scholarship in the group of Thomas F. Miller III. She is very pleased about returning to Canada to start her independent career. In her spare time, Leanne enjoys taking photos, playing the piano, and finding ways to be creative in all aspects of life.

Dr. Rachelle Choueiri (Google Scholar)

Postdoctoral Fellow (co-advised with Klinkova Lab)

Rachelle began being seriously interested in chemistry when her high school teacher taught everyone in class how to hold fire in their hands (without getting burned!) and made a hydrogen gas powered rocket out of a Pringles can that dented the ceiling tiles (the mark is still there!). Since then, her interest has transitioned to decidedly less fire- and explosion-related topics, including studying zero valent iron nanoparticles for wastewater remediation, the colloidal self-assembly of gold nanoparticles with polymeric ligands, and most recently, to simulating different aspects of heterogeneous catalysis with computational chemistry methods. Aside from her scientific adventures, Rachelle is an avid reader, foreign language dilettante, and aspiring food critic.

Siobhan Liu

Graduate Researcher

Siobhan attended Ryerson University to pursue a degree in Medical Physics—at least, that was the plan until she found her passion for Chemistry. Much of her undergrad career was spent building the foundations and branding of her club, Ryerson Esports, rather than actually studying. After several guest lectures by her eventual undergraduate thesis supervisor, R. Stephen Wylie, Siobhan realized she was interested in computational chemistry more than traditional synthetic fields. Despite this, she was recruited by her unofficial co-supervisor, Daniel A. Foucher, to work on testing antimicrobial polymeric coatings (which is completely unrelated to her actual thesis). When she is not cheating by time travelling on her Animal Crossing save file, Siobhan enjoys being an oolong tea snob and collecting enamel pins.

Lina Ghulam

Graduate Researcher (co-advised with Prof. Tam)

Lina moved to Canada from Iraq when she was 14 years old and has been pursuing her dream of a career in science since high school. She spent the first half of her Bachelor's degree at the University of Waterloo, then transferred to the Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Program at the University of Guelph. She enjoyed being involved in research so much that she decided to stay for a Master's Degree as well. In her free time, Lina enjoys drawing portraits, taking photos, and working out. In the near future, she aspires to broaden her horizons (literally) by travelling around the world and experiencing the various cultures and cuisines.

Chelsea D'Cruz

Undergraduate Researcher

Chelsea is currently a third year international student majoring in Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Guelph. Moving from the bustling concrete jungle of Dubai to the quaint student town of Guelph has been both an exciting and challenging experience for her, but the exceptional faculty and students on campus have helped ease the transition. Her interest in Chemistry began during high school where she was fascinated with looking at the most simple reactions on a molecular level, and how these reactions impacted every aspect of daily life. At the University of Guelph, she is a part of the co-op program, integrating these chemical principles into relevant work experiences; to date, she has worked in Quality Assurance in both pharmaceutical and food industries as well as R&D for a startup beverage company. In her free time, she enjoys learning how to cook, watching crime documentaries, and trying out Canadian snacks.


The Akita Inu (秋田犬 or "dog from Akita Prefecture") is made famous by the true story of Hachikō, a testament to the gentle and loyal nature of this breed. The story is retold in the Futurama episode "Jurassic Bark", the ending of which is likely better known as the most heartrending moment of all time—even by Futurama standards.

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